culture. It comes from when the family lived in
near Birkenhead at the estuary of the River Birket. It is from the name of the river that their name is derived.
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Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Burchette were recorded, including Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Burchette family emigrate to North America: David Birket who arrived in New York State in 1803; John Birkett settled in Virginia in 1650; Samuel Birkett settled in New England
in 1750; Joe Burkett settled in Barbados in 1635.